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Dr. Warech

Michael Warech

Founder & Managing Director, Warech Associates, LLC

Dr. Michael Warech is the Founder & Managing Director of Warech Associates, LLC. He has over 30 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing data-driven human capital solutions that demonstrably impact an organization's bottom line.

Dr. Warech has led numerous projects for a variety of Fortune 1000 organizations. He has worked with companies to identify and articulate their talent management, learning, and leadership development strategies and has deep and direct experience designing leadership development solutions, as well as more broad and robust learning and development programming.

Dr. Warech founded Warech Associates, LLC in 2008, focusing on integrated talent management strategies and leadership development program design. Prior to that he served as a senior consultant for a number of boutique human capital firms located in the New York metropolitan area.

Dr. Warech has published book chapters and papers in leading peer review journals and has presented his work in the areas of talent management, leadership development, HR transformation, metrics and analytics, and organizational measurement at global and national conferences including the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, the Organizational Development Network, the International Quality and Productivity Center, the National Foreign Trade Council, and the HR Forum.

Dr. Warech is sought out for his expert opinions on issues in the workplace and has been quoted in newspapers, magazines, and websites including the Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore-Sun Times, USA Today, Crain's, Workforce Management magazine, HR Executive Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and CBS Marketwatch.

Dr. Warech completed his undergraduate work at Emory University and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Please visit http://www.warechassociates.com for more information.

Dr. Warech can be contacted at 973-998-0885 or mwarech@warechassociates.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.